China to Boost Domestic Coal Production to Ensure Energy Security

China, the world’s largest coal consumer and producer, announced that it would boost domestic production to ensure its energy security. Newcastle thermal coal futures fell more than $US70 a tonne to $US335 a tonne on Friday night for the October ICE contract. China has been hard by its ill-thought-out trade war with Australia which put them behind the queue as record prices for top quality Australian hard coking coal were set regularly in June the price hit $US430 (AUD$595) a … Continue reading “China to Boost Domestic Coal Production to Ensure Energy Security”

US Share of Electricity Generation from Coal to Decline Further Despite Soaring Natural Gas Prices EIA Forecasts

The EIA in their June STEO expect the continued retirement of coal-fired generating capacity in the United States to see the share of electricity generation from coal to decline from 23% in 2021 to 21% in 2022 and to 20% in 2023. Despite surging natural gas prices constraints include limited rail capacity for fuel delivery, low coal stocks at power plants, reduced coal mining capacity, and rising generation from renewable sources. Coal prices have risen unabated with supply chain disruptions globally.   The EIA … Continue reading “US Share of Electricity Generation from Coal to Decline Further Despite Soaring Natural Gas Prices EIA Forecasts”

Australia Current Account Surplus Twelfth Straight in Q1 2022 but Lowest Since Q4 2019

Australia posted a current account surplus that missed expectations of $13.2 billion significantly for the March quarter after it decreased by $5.7 billion to $7.5 billion (seasonally adjusted) in the March quarter. Import volumes far outstripped exports which took a slice out of economic growth. Higher dividend payments to non-residents as profits continued to rise on the back of higher commodity prices affected the deficit, “The current surplus narrowed for the third consecutive quarter and was the lowest since December … Continue reading “Australia Current Account Surplus Twelfth Straight in Q1 2022 but Lowest Since Q4 2019”

Australian Coking Coal Record High with Strong Demand in Korea and Japan

Record prices for top quality Australian hard coking coal were set three times in the past week. The price hit $US430 ($595) a tonne Wednesday, almost four times the price in May. Coal prices have risen unabated with supply chain disruptions. Strong demand in Korea and Japan has fueled the rally over the past seven weeks. The prices were already pressured with Indonesia’s decision to ban coal exports. Further pressure on coal prices came from BHP, the world’s biggest coking … Continue reading “Australian Coking Coal Record High with Strong Demand in Korea and Japan”

Australia October Trade Surplus AUD+11.22bn With Exports Lower on Iron Ore Prices

Australia posted a trade surplus of A$11.22 billion in October exceeding expectations for a surplus of A$11.0 billion. It was the smallest trade surplus since May, amid softening global demand as more countries battled with a resurgence of coronavirus infections. Follows a downwardly revised A$11.82 billion trade surplus in September (from A$12.243 billion). Exports fell 3.0% m/m or A$1.491 billion to A$43.053 billion. Goods were down 3.0% and services fell 6.0% Imports also slipped 3.0 percent on month or A$887 … Continue reading “Australia October Trade Surplus AUD+11.22bn With Exports Lower on Iron Ore Prices”

Traders Market Weekly: All Risk, No Fear, Mania and  inflation

November 7 – 13 2021 FEAR NOT Brave Investors    Strange times But remember The Joker once served as the Iranian ambassador for the United Nations. All Risk, No Fear, Mania and  inflation The Week That Was – What Lies Ahead? Editorial Like a scratched record another week of no fear for US stock markets, risk on is oblivious to cracks appearing in this mania. S&P and NASDAQ closed at record highs for the seventh straight day, NASDAQ up for … Continue reading “Traders Market Weekly: All Risk, No Fear, Mania and  inflation”

Traders Market Weekly: Record Highs, Fed and  Jobs

Join us in our weekly market thread. November 1 – 6 2021 Where have we been and where are we going? Join our weekly market thread on Traders Community… FEAR NOT Brave Investors  Strange times But remember The Joker once served as the Iranian ambassador for the United Nations. Record Highs, Fed and  Jobs The Week That Was – What Lies Ahead? Editorial Another week of no fear for US stock markets, risk on is oblivious to cracks appearing. The … Continue reading “Traders Market Weekly: Record Highs, Fed and  Jobs”

US Coal Generation Increased For The First Time Since 2014 Due To Soaring Natural Gas Prices

The EIA in their STEO expect 22% more U.S.Coal Fired Generation in 2021 over 2020. The increase is from soaring higher natural gas prices. While Coal prices have risen unabatted with supply chain disruptions globally there have risen less than gas in the US.

Traders Market Weekly: Bitcoin, Earnings & Commodities

Join us in our weekly market thread. October 17 – 23 2021 Where have we been and where are we going? Join our weekly market thread on Traders Community… FEAR NOT Brave Investors  Strange times But remember The Joker once served as the Iranian ambassador for the United Nations. Bitcoin, Earnings and Commodity Prices The Week That Was – What Lies Ahead? Editorial Risk On came alive Thursday and Friday this week after Chinese Credit stress and U.S. options expirations … Continue reading “Traders Market Weekly: Bitcoin, Earnings & Commodities”